In my introduction I promised you to tell about my profession. I afford to remind you, that during last five years I have been working in the event management environment. Actually, I've got economic degree. And after the graduation, I have been working as an economist and accountant for two years. As my director said, I was a promising financial specialist. But one day everything has changed in my life!
Remembering the time after my graduation, I could say I was really ambitious young girl and dreamt about my own office with leather chair. I had all opportunity for this. I graduated with honors as financial manager. My director was satisfied with my results. I was interested in this sphere and of course I knew about huge financial potential of this occupation.
It was on the eve of the New Year 2005. The secretary of our company quit. And I offered my services to provide everything necessary to the New Year party for my colleagues. Guess! Nobody was dissenting! The party went off well! Everybody was pleased! As for me, something changed! I couldn't think about bills, invoices and other things like that. I'd realized, that it was really boring, without action. I had been dreaming to work as an event manager! I felt, it was my destiny! Without a second thought, I started looking for this kind of job.
My first interview was the last one! But here I'm going to tell you about a quite funny incident! On the interview I filled in a test, which should show my personal skills and abilities in event management. It was a quite tricky one with a little bit difficult verification. The secretary, who checked it, made mistake. And my chief, who interviewed me, couldn't believe in the result. He was quite confused, because after our conversation he'd decided that I was the right person for the job! He checked it again and found out the mistake. I was accepted! Honestly speaking, it was a great luck that I sent my CV for the best event company in Moscow and they became interested in me. Just imagine! I had no experience! I was really grateful to them for the opportunity and I did my best to learn everything necessary as soon as possible.
Five years ago almost nobody in Russia really does know anything about special events. As usual, the first step includes sales: negotiation with Client, presentation of preliminary proposal with time schedule and budget and closing a deal. The second step is the most interesting to my mind. It's a kitchen of event! Everything must be defined: a venue for event, decorations, catering, technical equipment, handouts, entertainment program, transportation and accommodation of guests, sponsors, speakers and press. All of this means endless communication with subcontractors and the Client. And of course, creativity! And the third step is a great event! It always has to meet the expectations of the Client and at the same time enthralls with something unexpected! And the golden rule of successful event is «Everything is about details!»
For now I have enough experience in different kinds of events. During first two years I have been organizing up to 150 conferences throughout Russia. It was a quite difficult project because of logistics. There were huge decorations (look at the picture, you could see it on the stage) and technical equipment, which had been traveling all over the country.
The most important project was the G8 Finance Ministers Meeting in 2006 in Russia. I had been working on the help desk during the event.
By the way, Gordon Brown visited us at that time!
And the last project was the most exciting! New Year party for 1500 guests in Moscow! Everything that you could see in this picture were the idea and development of our team. The party was in the style of 50th in Russia, Stilyagi.
We held an incredible concert! And at the end we grooved to the inflammatory disco music!
All of us had a great time! Both guests and organizers!
Now my aim is to participate in organization of international event. And I hope, my work here during this month will help me to achieve it!
PS: My dear friends, it's always interesting to know your opinion. How do you think, what does happen more frequently, we choose our profession or profession chooses us?